Author: Mariel Rearte
Oct 9, 2014
Review: Colasoft Capsa 7.8
The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 7.8
Colasoft Capsa Enterprise is a network management solution aimed at small and medium-sized businesses and network administrators. This network traffic analyzer lets users monitor, detect, and troubleshoot network issues in a fast and simple manner.
Among the powerful features this edition of Capsa includes is the ability to monitor both Ethernet and wireless networks.
As a comprehensive network sniffer, Capsa Enterprise is able to perform different types of analysis and tests over one or multiple wired and wireless connections (like 802.11a/b/g/n). It lets you run analysis of specific aspects of your network or a full Test providing an exhaustive level of detail. Capsa is able to perform packet capture in real time, monitor traffic, run security analysis to detect potential security risks, map the traffic and MAC, IP addresses of every host on the network, as well analyse different protocols like HTTP, FTP, and DNS, and applications like IM, Email (POP3, IMAP4, SMTP), and VoIP, letting you log and save data to disk. These complex tasks are carried out in a fast and simple way, with literally a few clicks.
Besides its straightforward interface, it is worth highlighting the way Capsa displays the data obtained by means of graphs, charts, and statistics that are easy to read and interpret, letting users detect and address potential issues in the most effective way. With the analysis results ordered in tabs and the several filters available it is easy to find the information you want to focus on. The Dashboard is the first section you will see once the analysis is on; and there are several view modes to choose from, including the possibility of adding or removing panels. Another tab that deserves particular mention is the Matrix tab, which maps network traffic between network nodes in a graph.
Other tools available in the pack include Packet Player, Packet Builder, Ping, and MAC Scanner, the possibility of scheduling tasks and adding alarms.
To sum up, Colasoft Capsa Enterprise is a tool that combines powerful features with in-depth analysis and statistics, essential for network adminitrators and engineers. This network sniffer has a cost of $995 and the free demo version is fully functional for 15 days.